Deliver rapid results or else, CIOs warned

Corporate IT leaders must deliver rapid results or risk losing their jobs.

Corporate IT leaders must deliver rapid results or risk losing their jobs.

This was the stark warning given by Gene Hall,Gartner CEO, during his keynote speech at the Gartner Symposium in Cannes last week.

"Career success is becoming more dependent on delivering impact quicker," Hall said. In a survey of 700 CIOs, 67% believed their jobs were at risk. "In projects that take years to deliver results, it may be your successor that gets the break," Hall warned.

According to Gartner, the careers of IT directors could be determined by the rate and level of success with which they can respond to the unexpected.

He recommended users run projects as a three-month plan, so any changes to requirements would only take three months to implement. This approach should allow IT directors to deliver sustained rapid results, Hall said.

Gartner also recommended users deploy browser-based applications to accelerate the delivery of projects and avoid having to distribute and maintain custom software on desktop PCs.

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